Posted Aug. 19, 2018
The Netherlands in Europe is a great place to study a postgraduate program.
The country boasts great universities, a good selection of PG programs and plenty of transportation links to the rest of the world through Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.
Here are our top five reasons why you should choose to study your postgraduate course in the Netherlands.
Cutting Edge Teaching Methods
Dutch universities have a worldwide reputation for their collaborative learning environments where the emphasis is on teamwork. Students work together to solve problems and learn by doing so. Compared with other universities – both in Europe and internationally – students are required to work on problems in their own time and then contribute to class discussions as opposed to learning through extensive lectures. This means that forming your own opinions and respecting the differing opinions of others is at the centre of life in The Netherlands and at their universities.
Large International Student Community
The Netherlands is a cosmopolitan and diverse country with many different international communities living throughout the country. International students make up over 12% of the student population and this has been growing in recent years making settling in a little easier for international students. Over 75% of international students in The Netherlands come from Europe, with the most coming from Germany to study. Outside of Europe, the vast majority of international students come from China. International students in The Netherlands tend to study programs with an international theme such as Business Management or technological or scientific based subjects.
Low Tuition Fees & Living Costs
If you are a student from the EEA or another qualifying country, then you will only have to pay the standard tuition fee for all university courses is €2,060 per academic year. However, if it's your second postgraduate course, for example, you already have a masters level qualification from a Dutch university, or you are not from a qualifying country, then you will have to pay the institutional tuition fee. At the University of Amsterdam EU students who are completing their second postgraduate program pay €12,100 per year for a masters level course and international students pay €13,310 for the same program. The cost of living for students in the Netherlands depends on where they are living and lifestyle, but for students in Amsterdam, the university advises that anywhere between €900 and €1,400 per month for everything, apart from tuition fees, should be sufficient.
Incentives To Remain
The Dutch Government wants to encourage more international students to remain in the Netherlands after graduation. In the recent past, only a small number of students stay to work after completing their studies, but this has grown to around 40% of international students remaining after five years.
Improve Language Skills
Learning Dutch is not an essential part of most postgraduate courses in the Netherlands, and it is estimated that around 90% of Dutch people speak English. This means that there are many postgraduate courses available in English. However, learning Dutch will mean you can participate fully in any modules you do outside of your postgraduate course and you'll be able to enjoy life in the Netherlands more fully.
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PLEASE NOTE: As a result of Brexit, from Autumn 2021 postgraduate students from the European Union studying at a UK university will be charged the same tuition fees as international students. UK students studying their postgraduate course at a European university are also likely to incur higher tuition fees than their EU counterparts. It is advisable to check with the individual universities in the UK and Europe for up-to-date information on tuition fees for all postgraduate programs.
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